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Idris Elba Teases His Rap Skills in New Music Video Snippet

Actor and DJ extraordinnaire Elba was born Sept. 6, 1972. In celebration of his 47th birthday, we’re revisiting this February 2019 article that reveals another of his talents.

Idris Elba attends the 'Yardie' premiere during the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Zoo Palast on February 22, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Credit: Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock.com)

Idris Elba is a man of many talents both off-screen and on-screen. The British entertainer previewed an upcoming music video on Tuesday.

Elba captioned the Instagram post “Video coming soon B O A S T Y Wiley + Sean Paul + Stefflon Don ft Idris Elba.”

He is featured in the Boasty video along with British rappers Wiley and Stefflon Don, and dancehall artist Sean Paul. For the song, Elba recited lyrics in Jamaican patois to highlight the island’s underrated influence on London’s music scene.

“Boasty” was released in January and loosely translates to being excessively proud or ostentious.

The Luther star is mostly known for his acting chops, especially his stellar performance on the HBO hit series The Wire. Many fans are now beginning to learn that he began his career in the U.K. as a DJ.

Music is something he is getting back into after DJing at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding reception. He is also scheduled to perform a set at the Coachella festival in April.

Elba will star in Netflix’s upcoming series Turn Up Charliein which he plays a DJ trying to rebuild his music career while working as a nanny. He also co-created the show, which premieres on March 15.

Listen to “Boasty” below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=10&v=luTT97VJpTE

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